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Intercultural Communication Studies Program 15 ects


What is the Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS) program?

Intercultural Communication Studies is a dynamic and highly interactive academic program. Its overall aim is to improve participants’ intercultural communication competence by increasing their understanding of the role of culture in communication, and by developing their skills for intercultural interaction. 

The program consists of a variety of courses ranging from 1-5 credits. A total of 15 credits is needed to complete the program; however, individual courses can also be taken.

 What will I learn?

 After completing the entire program you will have

  • increased your intercultural competence
  • an understanding of intercultural theory and how to apply it in practice
  • an awareness and critical understanding of the link between language, communication and culture
  • recognised the importance of perception, context, language, and identity in interpreting and engaging in intercultural interaction
  • planned your own intercultural learning: increased your learner autonomy through self-evaluation, reflection and critical thinking
  • further developed your ability to interact, negotiate and resolve/manage conflict in multilingual or diverse groups and settings
  • attained an understanding of difference and ambiguity
  • an understanding of cultural transitions
  • developed lifelong and lifewide intercultural learning

Who teaches it?

Nancy Aalto has been a lecturer in English at the Language Center for over 30 years, and she has also coordinated and taught in the Intercultural Communication Studies program for over 20 years. She has a BA in English and an MA in Applied Linguistics. She has also been an Intern at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in the US, is a board member of the Nordic Network on Intercultural Communication, and participates regularly in SIETAR conferences.

Raquel Benmergui is a permanent lecturer at the Language Centre. She holds an MA in English philology and a BA in English. She is an accredited language and drama teacher. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the School of Education at the University of Tampere. She is engaged in action research in the field of applied arts and intercultural learning. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences. She has co-authored 12 textbooks for use in primary and upper secondary schools.

How are the courses taught?

The courses are based on experiential intercultural learning, critical thinking and multidisciplinary research. Participatory and enactive teaching methods are used in combination with reflective and critical discussion/writing.

What is the language of instruction?

English is the primary language of the program in order to enable the participation of both Finnish and international students. Any other language requirements will be indicated in the course description.

Who are these courses for?

The courses are for Finnish and international students currently registered at the University of Tampere.

The courses will be limited to 30 participants, and whenever possible they will be composed of roughly half Finnish and half international students, in order to promote experiential learning. Students will be admitted on the basis of ICS and overall credits currently in the register, and date of registration for students who have no credits yet.

How will this help me in the future?

Having intercultural communication courses on your CV, and better still the whole ICS program, can be beneficial as an indication that you are prepared to work in an international environment.

Can I use these courses towards my degree?

Degree programs may accept ICS courses towards the internationalization modulet, or as a minor subject. Check with your HOPS advisor. For further information about the content of the courses, see the individual course descriptions.

When are the courses given?

A selection of courses will be given in both the autumn and spring terms; however, it may be that all of the courses are not offered every year. It should be possible to complete the program in one academic year.

Do I have to take the courses in a special order?

No, the courses do not need to be taken in any order.

How do I register?

For most courses registration will take place by computer through Nettiopsu. In order to register for Cultural Conversations, an application form should be obtained from and submitted to the Self-access Center in room Pinni B5071.

What do I have to do when I’ve completed the program?

When you have completed 15 credits and they are in the register, you should notify the Language Center Study Co-ordinator, Hanna Nurmi, that you want your final grade to be calculated. The grade will be calculated by computer. If you have more than 15 ICS credits, you have to say which courses you want included in the final grade. Once the grade is calculated, no changes can be made, but you may continue to take ICS courses.














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